Working dogs, troops stay the course

Navy Master-At-Arms 1st Class Ekali Brooks had reason to thank the crowd as he crawled inches at a time in full gear, adjusting his helmet while trying to reach the finish line. “Come on, Brooks!” a woman cried. “Come on! You’ve got it!” On a day when low crawl was high drama, he needed the boost. Brooks and…

We Need War Dogs, More Than Ever

Picture a sprawling grape field, row after row of low-leaning mud walls blanketed with dry leaves. It’s winter in Helmand, Afghanistan. In the middle        of the field are 20 U.S. soldiers crouching for cover; they’ve just endured an insurgent attack. Now that the gunfire has quieted, K-9 handler Staff        Sgt. Justin Kitts and his working…

War Dogs of the World

In spring 2010, the Royal Army  Veterinary Corps, which has officially employed canines since 1942, established  the 1st Military Working  Dog Regiment, a new unit that consists of  “284 soldiers and officers and about 200 military working dogs.” These teams  have supported operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq,  Kosovo, and Northern Ireland, according to the British…

Four – Leggeg Warriors

Ron Aiello was a 21-year-old corporal in 1966 when he and his scout dog, Stormy, went on their first mission together in Vietnam. Walking ahead of a Marine platoon, they secured one village and had just entered a clearing near another when the female German shepherd froze on the trail, her ears straight up. As…

Air Force holds Ohio memorial for military dog

A memorial service in southwest Ohio honored an Air Force dog that died earlier this month after a military career, which included serving in the Iraq War and helping federal authorities with more than 500 arrests. The service with military honors was held for Nisan (NEE’-sun) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where the 10-year-old German…